Neil McCann believes Dundee can still finish in top six of Premiership

Neil McCann insists he is not living in fantasy land when he says Dundee can reach the top six of the Ladbrokes Premiership.

The Dens Park side threw away three precious points in midweek when they allowed 10-man Kilmarnock to fight back for a 3-2 victory.

The result sparked a furious response from McCann as he criticised his side’s “unprofessional” display in the final 20 minutes as they failed to make the most of Killie midfielder Gary Dicker’s red card.

It now leaves the Taysiders sitting in ninth place – seven points adrift of Motherwell in sixth.

But while St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright – whose side are a point and one place better off than Dundee – believes his side can forget about finishing in the top half following their disappointing run, McCann is refusing to give up hope.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Partick Thistle, he said: “Maybe Tommy is trying to galvanise his side but I’ve no interest in what Tommy Wright has to say about St Johnstone.

“All I’m interested in is Dundee just now.

“I feel we can still get top six. It’s going to need a hell of a push.

“Maybe people will say I’m a fantasist – but I’m not.

“I’m ambitious. I believe in my side. We’ve shown in so many games this season against everyone that we are a right good side to play against when we are absolutely on it.

“We need to find the steel and mentality to see games out. If we do that then the top six is not outwith our reach.”

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